9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 13, 2013 7:00 PM by MoniLife
MoniLife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to publish DVDs using the createspace service owned by amazon.com

 

Their requirements say that you must submit a DVD master burn as a "single track." I know little to nothing about technical video or sound terms. Does iDVD burn a single track as a default?

 

Thanks.


Mac OS X (10.7.5), iDVD 7.1.2
  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    I'm not sure what that means. Maybe you could quote the whole paragraph or point us to the FAQ where it says that so we maybe able to help you better.

     

    What I can tell you is that there are basically two methods of burning a DVD: Disc At Once (DAO) or Track At Once (TAO) and if I remember well iDVD employs the first one.

  • MoniLife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here is the link to their submission requirements.

     

    https://www.createspace.com/Products/DVD/

     

    • Your source copy must contain only AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders in the root directory of the disc.
    • We do not support inclusion of data or executable files on DVD.
    • In order to maximize playback compatibility, we recommend a maximum total bit rate for the combined video and audio tracks of 6.5 Mbp/s (megabits per second).
    • We recommend using Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio; however PCM and DTS audio are also supported.
    • We accept discs up to 4.7 GB in size. Source copies must be single sided, single layer discs.
    • Only single track DVDs are supported at this time.
  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    Sorry, can't help you there. Maybe someone more knowledgable will chime in.

  • J Keller Level 4 Level 4 (2,745 points)

    Hello, MoniLife.

     

    I've fooled around a bit in this area, and here's the extent of my current knowledge:

     

    • Your source copy must contain only AUDIO_TS and VIDEO_TS folders in the root directory of the disc.
    • iDVD complies with this as long as you have not included any DVD-ROM content.  You would have had to take a specific action to add this content.

     

    • We do not support inclusion of data or executable files on DVD.
    • iDVD complies with this as long as there's not DVD-ROM content.

     

    • In order to maximize playback compatibility, we recommend a maximum total bit rate for the combined video and audio tracks of 6.5 Mbp/s (megabits per second).
    • Not sure about iDVD's max bit rate.  I looked at two of my projects using MPEG Streamclip and one was down about 3 and the other was 6.27 so you may wish to download that free software, quit from the DVD Player, open your DVD in Streamclip, and use the Show Stream Info command to see what you've got.

     

    • We recommend using Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio; however PCM and DTS audio are also supported.
    • iDVD produces PCM audio in all the versions I've used.

     

    • We accept discs up to 4.7 GB in size. Source copies must be single sided, single layer discs.
    • iDVD can produce double layer discs for productions longer than 2 hours, but the default preference is for single-sided, single-layer discs.  Most blank DVDs sold at retail are for this purpose, but you'll want to use high quality discs for your submissions to minimize burning errors -- Verbatim is often recommended around here, and I've used Sony DVD-R discs without trouble.  4.7 GB is the typical DVD size and the discs will be so marked.

     

    • Only single track DVDs are supported at this time.
    • This could be a confusing requirement.  Here's a link to a discussion on that topic, and what I gather, iDVD "could" meet the requirement in that it can burn onto DVD-R media, and it produces closed sessions (you can't add more material to an iDVD disc after it is finished burning).  Mishmumken's comments also appear to be involved in this requirement.

    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/277455-DVD-multitrack-DAO

     

    You may wish to look through their forums also.  This post wasn't definitve, but perhaps the solution is easy?

    https://www.createspace.com/en/community/message/144227#144227

     

    This post suggests that each DVD must contain only one video -- I assume this includes no motion menus.

    https://www.createspace.com/en/community/message/177931#177931

     

    And, here's someone who had multiple videos but merged them all together so they'd show on the DVD as a single track.  He used chapter markers so the user could jump to the "different" videos.

     

    Let us know how this turns out.

     

    John

  • mishmumken Level 5 Level 5 (4,000 points)

    J Keller wrote:


    This could be a confusing requirement.  Here's a link to a discussion on that topic, and what I gather, iDVD "could" meet the requirement in that it can burn onto DVD-R media, and it produces closed sessions (you can't add more material to an iDVD disc after it is finished burning).

     

    At first I thought so too (as i wrote above iDVD employes DOA) but I'm not so sure this is relevant in this case. If you google multi-track you get a lot of audio-related results so my guess would be that they don't accept multi angle audio (e.g. english, spanish, commentary etc.).

     

    If there is only on video track (allowed) on the DVD - meaning a single continuos video - the DVD could have a motion menu, though. Even if the menu consists of a still it would be video once it's encoded. In any case the structure would be:

     

    VIDEO_TS.vob   (the menu item)

    VTS_01_0.vob    (video 1 - chapter 1)

    VTS_01_1.vob    (video 1 - chapter 2)

    VTS_01_2.vob    (video 1 - chapter 3)

     

    VTS_02_0.vob    (video 2 - forbidden??)

    VTS_02_1.vob    (video 2 - forbidden??)

     

     

    But still .... this is guesswork on my side.

  • MoniLife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the replies. With all this I feel there is a good chance my DVD will be OK for Createspace and I am going to mail it tomorrow, November 30, 2012. When I hear back from them I will post again with the results.

  • MoniLife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I finally got my proof back from CreateSpace. The DVD I created with the default iDVD settings was OK.

     

    Thank you all for your help.

     

    Moni

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (16,445 points)

    Just curious whether you've inspected and played a physical DVD…and what you thought of it.

     

    Russ

  • MoniLife Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes. The quality of the DVD is good. It is exactly as the copy I created from my computer to send to them.

     

    It has taken me so long to write back because they said the first copy I sent them was scratched, and then they did not let me know when they received the second copy and that I had a proof to check. They usually send an email with the notice.

     

    Moni